Padua Hills Art Fiesta Returns Sunday, November 3, 2013

October 3, 2013 – The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 10th Annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 3 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. This year’s exhibit will feature original Fiesta artist Betty Davenport Ford.


Some local residents still recall the popular Art Fiesta held through the 1950s. Since 2011, the Claremont Museum of Art has continued the tradition with Claremont area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.

  • Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Avenue, Claremont. A free shuttle will run from Padua Avenue Park. Tickets are $8 for adults or $6 for CMA, RSABG and SAMFAC members. Children under 18 are free.
  • Twenty five area artists will display and sell their paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles and jewelry
  • Art and craft demonstrations by area art organizations will include potters from Claremont High School Adult Education Ceramics Program, craftsmen from Maloof Woodworkers, and artists from Chaffey Community Museum of Art and the dA Center for the Arts.
  • An Art Exhibit, Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit will feature 60 years of her sculpture inspired by the beauteous forms of nature.
  • ARTstART students will lead children in creative Art Activities.
  • A Music Stage will feature local performances
  • Festive foods will be served with traditional jamaica punch and fresh lemonade.
  • Holiday shopping gets an early start with unique handmade artwork or art books.

First held in 1953, the Padua Hills Art Fiesta was organized by local artists to bring art into the community. The studio art movement that flourished here in the 1950s centered on the use of natural materials and traditional sensibilities – watercolor, pottery, woodworking, sculpture in stone, bronze and ceramic, mosaic, textiles as well as painting. Visitors came from miles around to meet the artists and watch “art in action” at the popular festival. Today the tradition continues with a new generation of artists sharing their talents.